Item description for The Story of Classical Music by Darren Henley & Marin Alsop...
This lively recording is a perfect way to introduce classical music to the entire family. It looks at the music through the lives of the great composers and their environment, from the churches and cathedrals that produced the familiar sound of Gregorian chant, to Johann Sebastian Bach, the family man composing for the glory of God, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the child prodigy, genius and prankster who wrote some of the finest music ever yet was buried in a pauper's grave. The story will be taken to the composers of the 21st century. This unusual and special production by the two most important brand names in classical music includes more than 100 musical examples taken from the extensive Naxos catalog. INCLUDES CD-ROM ELEMENT CONTAINING TEXT, PICTURES OF COMPOSERS, GLOSSARY OF TERMS & MORE.
Awards and Recognitions The Story of Classical Music by Darren Henley & Marin Alsop has received the following awards and recognitions -
Audies - 2005 Winner - Production category
Audies - 2005 Winner - Original Work category
Audies - 2005 Finalist - Package Design category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Story of Classical Music by Darren Henley & Marin Alsop has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 01/10/2005
USA Today - 07/27/2005 page 1
Kliatt - 01/01/2005 page 54
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Format: Audiobook, Classical, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 4.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626343109 ISBN13 9789626343104 UPC 730099031028
Availability 0 units.
More About Darren Henley & Marin Alsop
Henley is the station manager of Classic FM. His radio programmes have been honoured by the Sony Radio Academy Awards, the British Radio Awards, the New York International Radio Festival and the United Nations.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of Classical Music?
Great Introduction to classical music for the beginners Sep 12, 2005
This is a great review of classical music for the beginners.
This audiobook will give you a review of classical music over the history and introduce you to the most famous composers and their work. The audio book reading is smooth and easy and the included music samples are just superb!
Great to listen to while stuck in DC traffic! Sep 8, 2005
I am an adult; but relatively new to the world of classical music. I began listening and enjoying classical almost exclusively about 10 years ago. Having never studied music or it's history, this CD set is just great for me to learn more about the orgins of my 'new' favorite music. I recommend this set for young adults and old adults too!
A great set! Jun 22, 2005
An amazing CD set. My kids haven't stopped asking for it. It is informative and entertaining and our whole family has learned quite a bit that we did not know before. It really introduces you to the composers and ties them together in time and space.
wonderful listening Apr 3, 2005
This is a wonderful CD that will entertain and inform the listener. It is geared toward children but all ages will enjoy and learn from it. Initially I began listening without reading the pamphlet and was puzzled by the narrator's New York accent. Professional narrators are typically devoid of any and while this is not thick, it is evident, as in au-ways and go-wing. I then read the material and realized eminent conductor was chosen to narrate. While the voice is pleasant and with just the right amount of animation, a non-accent would have been preferable. This was not a grating accent but it was something of a distraction for me.
Chopin was described as having died of a disease called consumption. Tuberculosis would have been a more accurate and professional term to use.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this work and would encourage all libraries, classrooms, and homes to have it as part of their collection. Disk 4 is outstanding for its content and resources. Be sure to get right to it and go through all of the features. It's really quite excellent and well done. Kudos to the team that put this package together. Good work!
A good introduction on an middle level Aug 28, 2004
Naxos already has a wonderful set of CDs giving us a fairly detailed "History of Classical Music" by Richard Fawkes (NA 414012). But now a similar set has been released for a younger audience, "The Story of Classical Music" (NA331012). The text is by Darren Henley and it is read engagingly by conductor Marin Alsop.
It uses some 150 musical examples and a good deal of silly sound effects like J.S.Bach walking over 200 miles to hear an organ or (more distastefully) a comic chop of the ax when thus and so were beheaded. But the music is well chosen-albeit too few examples are used for major composers-from the bottomless Naxos catalogue; and it covers the centuries from Gregorian chant right up to the film music for "Gladiator" and "Lord of the Rings."
It is hard to say what age group is the target audience of this set; but I think many adults who know little or nothing about the world's greatest music and the men who created it (alas, women composers were simply too few and/or unrecognized to get into anthologies like this one) will appreciate this approach. It does not dumb things down (except for those sound effects) and even I learned a thing or two about some of my favorite pieces.
Best of all is a slew of CD-ROM features on the last disc that provide extra information and pictures about the composers, the instruments of the classical orchestra, national anthems and flags, scores, the text of the CDs, musical terms, and several more. Please consider this as a thoughtful gift to an interested youngster-or to one who just might become interested. Good work